Social Solutions

  • Key Populations Technical Advisor

    Job Locations US-VA-Crystal City
    Posted Date 2 months ago(10/19/2018 7:42 AM)
    # of Openings
    Public Health
  • Overview

    Social Solutions International, Inc. is a woman and minority-owned company. Social Solutions emphasizes quality research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, and institutional support services. We are a mission-driven organization that believes that superior science can improve the world. Social Solutions is dedicated to the creation of social and health solutions to improve the welfare of underserved populations worldwide. 


    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through Social Solutions International to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:



    Key Populations Technical Advisor

    United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of HIV/AIDS / Priority Populations, Integration & Rights Division, KPR Branch (USAID/GH/OHA/PPIR)


    Salary Range: $114,590 – $148,967 (GS-14 equivalent)


    Application Deadline:  Open Until Filled



    USAID remains at the forefront of the U.S. Government (USG) response in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  Today with more than 35 million people living with HIV worldwide, USAID is a key partner in the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest commitment ever by any nation for an international health initiative dedicated to a single disease.


    A priority for PEPFAR is to ensure access to high-quality, comprehensive HIV/AIDS services for key populations (KP), defined by PEPFAR to include sex workers (SW), gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender persons (TG) and people who inject drugs (PWID).  Prisoners have additionally been added by the World Health Organization to this list of Key Populations.  KPs are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS because they engage in behaviors that significantly increase the risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV.


    The Clinical Key Populations Technical Advisor (Technical Advisor) will work on comprehensive KP programming in close collaboration with: other KP experts within the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) in the Bureau for Global Health (GH); other OHA staff working in technical areas relevant to KP programming (e.g., gender, youth, orphans and vulnerable children, prevention, testing, care, treatment and strategic information); USAID field Missions, USG PEPFAR teams, USG technical staff and implementing partners; and other development partners.  S/he will work across all geographic regions and key populations, with a special focus on clinical care and treatment.  The Technical Advisor will complement, and collaborate closely with, existing key population experts within OHA and the Priority Population, Integration, and Rights Division (PPIR) to advance global technical leadership, provide support to PEPFAR/USAID country programs, and coordinate with other USG agencies and development partners in the area of KP programming. The Key Populations & Rights Branch Chief will serve as the Advisor’s USAID point of contact (POC).


    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.  The primary duties of the Technical Advisor include:


    • Providing technical and operational guidance on the implementation of differentiated models of care and clinical service models to reach key populations, including routine medical check-ups (for HTC, STI, OI, FP, etc.), differentiated models of care including one stop shops, PrEP, self-testing and index testing, VL testing, treatment and care, tracking referrals and addressing issues related to loss to follow up.
    • Analyzing and synthesizing global and country-specific data and research in order to contribute to the OHA KP Team strategy globally, advising USAID field Missions, PEPFAR country teams, host country governments, and implementing partners during country-specific strategic planning processes.
    • Serving as a technical advisor for selected KP activities supported through USAID centrally funded mechanisms, providing technical input to OHA partners working on KP programming and working with USAID/Washington program managers to ensure that centrally funded KP activities are technically sound.
    • Contributing to PEPFAR leadership in the area of KPs by preparing reports and publications, including, but not limited to, technical updates for USAID field Missions, peer-reviewed journal articles, reports to Congress, etc., and by presenting within the Office of HIV/AIDS and PEPFAR and to international meetings and conferences as needed.
    • Enhancing the technical quality of KP programs by consulting field-based colleagues, colleagues in the interagency, undertaking data analysis on effective interventions and applying knowledge of global best practices in virtual TA and visits to in-country project sites, reviewing progress and performance, and recommending improvements in implementation.
    • Supporting country programs in design and presentation of KP monitoring data, with clear messaging, to reflect the program through comparative analysis of results and targets.
    • Strengthening PEPFAR coordination with other multilateral partners providing support to KPs, including UNAIDS, the World Health Organization, The Global Fund, and other multilateral and bilateral donor agencies and private foundations.
    • Participating in high-level USG and global meetings to develop coordinated policies, strategies and guidelines for KPs.
    • Providing key technical guidance to USG and global technical working groups and committees working on cross-cutting issues related to KPs and other vulnerable groups, including gender, stigma and discrimination.
    • Maintaining knowledge of current epidemiological, public health, and social science literature and national responses, in order to recommend appropriate approaches and best practices for KPs.
    • Staying informed of USG policies and data relating to key populations.
    • Deepening knowledge of current literature, research, policies and programmatic experiences among key populations.
    • Participating in professional meetings as appropriate to the scope of work and prioritized by the Office of HIV/AIDS.


    • Minimum nine (9) years' experience working on international health and HIV/AIDS programs. Experience working with KP programs in international or resource-limited settings strongly preferred.
    • A master's degree or higher in public health, social science or other relevant field preferred.
    • A clinical credential such as nurse, nurse practitioner or physician's assistant’s degree, and experience working in or with clinical settings desired.
    • Demonstrated experience in and understanding of issues relating to HIV programming for Key Populations (SW, MSM, TG, and PWID) within developing country settings required; experience with KP programs in Africa strongly preferred.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with HIV prevention, care and treatment approaches.
    • Demonstrated skills in data analysis, program design, strategic planning, monitoring systems, and program coordination and implementation within a developing country context.
    • Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills.
    • Strong interpersonal, facilitation and team building skills, and ability to work across agencies and cross-culturally with diverse teams on sensitive issues.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
    • Ability to travel regularly to developing countries and resource-challenged settings, including sub-Saharan Africa. International travel required up to 30% to developing countries, as assigned.
    • French language skills desired.
    • US citizenship with ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a Facilities Access clearance.

    Social Solutions International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at


    Social Solutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.



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